Gorse flower wine
"Any of you wine makers out there ever delve into the dark art of 'Spring Wine' making? Here is a recipe for gorse flower wine if you fancy giving it a shot? The flowers are out now and I'm sure that Brew2bottle have much of the rest that you'll require."
*Note - Never pick anything if you're unsure of the identification.
5 litres of gorse flowers (fill small fermentation bucket to the 5l mark)
5 litres of water
1.3kg of sugar
0.5kg of raisins
Yeast & nutrient
Bring 5 litres of water to the boil in a large stock pot
Add the gorse flowers and simmer for 15 minutes
Add the sugar, making sure it is completely dissolved
Chop the raisins, grate the lemon zest & squeeze the lemon juice
Add the raisins, zest & juice to the pot
Mix thoroughly and transfer (very carefully) into your newly sterilized fermentation bucket
Allow the contents to cool to 20-27*C
Add the yeast/nutrient mix
Store in a warm place (preferably above 20*C) for 4-6 days, stirring occasionally.
Sieve the pulp from the liquor into a sterilized demijohn
Add an airlock containing sterilizing solution
Leave until fermentation has finished
Rack off into a sterilized demijohn & leave for 2 months or until clear (If cloudy you can use finings as per manufacturers instructions)
Bottle and leave for a minimum of 9 months
***Note - At every stage of the process ensure that you are using clean & sterilized equipment.